Deadly Nipah virus outbreak in India

38 people are in isolation in the hospital

Increased security measures have been introduced in the area where the sick boy was found, as well as in three neighboring areas.

In the Indian state of Kerala, 11 people have been diagnosed with symptoms of the Nipah virus. This was announced on Monday, September 6, by the Minister of Health in the Wine region George on the air of the TV channel. NDTV.

According to the official, a 12-year-old boy died from Nipah the day before. Doctors identified and tested for the presence of infection 251 people with whom the child came into contact.

“There are 38 people in isolation at Kozhikode Medical College and Hospital, of whom 11 developed symptoms. Samples of eight people were sent to the National Institute of Virology for testing,” said George.

As a result, heightened security measures were introduced in the Kozhikode area where the sick boy was found, as well as in three neighboring areas. In addition, the authorities in the region have initiated increased epidemiological surveillance and more intensive contact tracing of patients.

The Nipah virus is one of the deadliest infectious diseases. There are no vaccines from it, 70% of cases die. First registered in 1999 in Malaysia. Symptoms of illness are fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory problems, disorientation. After a day or two, the patient falls into a coma. Natural carriers of the virus are flying foxes, which feed on fruits.

Recall last December in India from Nipah a person died, about fifty more ended up in hospitals. Soon, the World Health Organization said about the possibility of a pandemic because of this virus.

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